This Day in History: The Space Shuttle Enterprise makes its maiden flight

On this day in 1977, the Space Shuttle Enterprise makes its maiden flight atop a modified Boeing 747. Did you know that NASA built an orbiter than never went into space? The Space Shuttle Enterprise has been called “one of NASA’s most elaborate and expensive playthings”—yet the Space Shuttle Program would never have taken off […]

This Day in History: The USS Maine explodes in Havana Harbor

On this day in 1898, the USS Maine explodes in Havana Harbor. To this day, no one knows exactly why the warship was destroyed. But at the time, Americans were pretty sure that Spain was to blame. You can imagine that didn’t go too well. Spain was then in a period of transition. It had […]

This Day in History: Congressmen brawl on the House floor

On this day in 1798, two congressmen brawl on the floor of the House of Representatives. The prior two weeks had been a bit of a soap opera! The nation was then facing some difficult issues. The country was in a Quasi-War with France, and there was a lot of disagreement about how to proceed. […]

This Day in History: The Legend of Nancy Hart, Revolutionary War Heroine

On this day in 1779, an unsung Revolutionary War heroine fights gallantly in the Battle of Kettle Creek! Or . . . maybe she didn’t. Nancy Hart’s story is “too good not to tell,” as one historian notes, but it also “seem[s] to hang in a mythical realm somewhere between fiction and history.” Where is […]